Australia vs New Zealand 12th Match Benson & Hedges World Series Cup 1988 Article

Read the article of Australia vs New Zealand 12th Match Benson & Hedges World Series Cup 1988 - Benson & Hedges World Series Cup one-day international tournament of the 12th ODI match played between New Zealand and Australia at Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney in 20th January 1988.

Opener Geoff Marsh's brilliant century before Three-wicket hauls from Simon Davis and Peter Taylor helped to Australia thumping 78-run victory over New Zealand in the 12th match of a Benson and Hedges World Series Cup.

Match Stats : 
  • Geoff Marsh became the second Australian batsman to scored two centuries against New Zealand in ODIs after Greg Chappell.
  • Geoff Marsh became the first Australian batsman to scored five centuries in One-day international cricket history.

Australia scored 221-8 in 50 overs with top scorer by Geoff Marsh hit 101 off 148-balls - which was his 5th ODI hundred, his second century against New Zealand in ODIs.

Allan Border hit 22 off 34-balls including 2-fours & a six, Mike Veletta 19, Craig McDermott 18 and Dean Jones 15.

New Zealand best bowler by Ewen Chatfield strikes 2-wickets, Vaughan Brown, Stu Gillespie, Martin Snedden, John Bracewell and Willie Watson each took one-wickets.

New Zealand scored 143 for all-out in 44.5 overs with top scorer by John Bracewell cracked a 38 off 52-balls including 2-fours.

Vaughan Brown scored 32 off consuming 71-balls including a maiden and Andrew Jones 19.

Australia best bowler by Peter Taylor captured three-wickets for 24-runs in 10-overs including two maidens

Simon Davis picked up 3-wickets for 27-runs in 10-overs including a maiden, Steve Waugh took 2-wickets and one for Tony Dodemaide - Craig McDermott.

Geoff Marsh named Player of the match for his brilliant batting performance to scored a 101-runs knocked off facing 148-balls including 5-fours.

This match reported by Patrick Smithers (Third Party Reference from The Age)

Jeff Crowe is a generous soul, but when he rushed over to congratulate Geoff Marsh on his century at the SCG, he was no doubt a little jealous of the Australian opener.

Marsh, like Crowe, has had an unhappy time with the bat this summer. But while Crowe's failures have been amplified by his status as New Zealand captain, Marsh's recent shortcomings have been all but lost in the euphoria over Australia's revival.

So it was a matter of great relief for Marsh, and a little envy for J. Crowe, when Marsh posted his first international ton of the season in brilliant fashion to lead Australia to an easy 78-run victory over a depleted New Zealand.

Marsh has made more centuries in one-day cricket than any other Australian, yesterday's being his fifth. The extraordinary thing is that he has achieved that record in such brief time. It was two years ago today that the farmer from Wandering posted his maiden limited-over hundred for his country.

Marsh not only hit himself into form in time for the best-of-three final series starting in Melbourne tomorrow, but managed to provide some sense of occasion to a fixture that was in desperate need of a reason.

The SCG was filled with 41,813 people for the umpteenth dress rehearsal of the World Series Cup finals, many of them hoping to resume hostilities with Richard Hadlee.

But the New Zealand camp was more concerned with preventing burn-out among its top players than the demands of the paying customers and left out stars Hadlee and Martin Crowe, as well as John Wright, who is probably the next picked Kiwi player.

If Hadlee thought he could bring about a temporary truce with Australian crowds by his non-appearance yesterday, he was badly mistaken.

The fans booed and jeered when the champion fast bowler's name was read out as one of the resting New Zealanders but, being lateral thinking folk, they would not be denied their fun.

Their favorite villain may not have shown, but that didn't stop them breaking into that imaginative chant, "Hadlee's a wanker," when the match was barely half an hour old. The cry broke out intermittently throughout the evening, even though Hadlee was nowhere to be seen.

The champion fast bowler has waved the red flag by complaining about the uncharitable treatment he has been dished out, and the bulls in the outer are already responding in the predictably hysterical manner of the one-day crowd. Who knows what will hap pen when he actually steps into the ring at the MCG on Friday?.

Marsh, however, was delighted that he did not have to contend with Hadlee and made the most of a rare opportunity. He started conservatively, as might be expected from a man in his predicament, but blossomed when he realised that Australia's fortunes once again depended upon him.

He reached his century in the 49th over, before holing out off Ewan Chatfield with three balls of the innings remaining. His 101 came from 148 deliveries. It was in contrast to his seven previous one-day innings in which he totalled 96, and a Test series in which his highest score was 31 not out.

Chatfield bowled superbly in the absence of his regular new ball partner. His first seven overs cost seven runs and, despite coming back for three overs at the end of proceedings, conceded only 26 from his 10 overs as well as picking up the wickets of McDermott and Marsh in the final flurry.

The New Zealand response came to grief early, although much of the damage was already done around the selection table. And the Australian bowlers did their job admirably.
The attack was led by Simon Davis, who has made a fine come back to the international one-day scene after the bruising he re ceived from Ian Botham in Perth last summer: Davis removed the two most dangerous batsmen, hay ing Jones caught behind and knocking Dipak Patel's off stump out of the ground.

His 10 overs brought a return of 3/27, and will make it difficult for the selectors to finalise the attack for the first final. Peter Taylor also did superbly, with 3/24 off 10 overs And Dodemaide's 21 runs from nine overs was in a similar league to the miserly Chatfield.

John Bracewell was the unlikely top scorer for New Zealand with a fighting 38, although coming in at 5/73 the cause was already lost. Support came from fellow spinner Vaughan Brown, who made 32- before, he was stumped by Greg Dyer.



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